CO-OPERATIVE Group branches across Sheffield have raised £1,330 in just three months for The Sick Children’s Trust’s £1.2m Branching Out Appeal for a new house at the Children’s Hospital.
The 14 city branches chose the trust as their charity of the year, and staff have been taking part in fundraising activities such as cakes sales, tombolas, raffles, fancy dress days and ‘Come Bake With Me’ days.
Alison Hunton, of the Co-operative Group, said: “This year is one of the Co-operative Group’s alternate charity years which means that stores can decide which charities they support rather than one big charity push. We asked the store teams what and who locally they would like to support and The Sick Children’s Trust was one of the top three. We’d heard about the work they do locally and also the new appeal and thought it was such a great cause.
“The store teams have been brilliant, coming up with ideas for raising money and the generosity of the customers has been amazing, many helping by contributing to the events we are hosting too. We have raised £1,330 so far this year, but we are confident we will reach £5,000 by year end and with the help of the other stores in the Sheffield district hope to achieve in excess of £10,000.”
The Sick Children’s Trust has seven ‘Homes from Home’ across the UK which provide free, high quality accommodation to families of sick children while they are being treated in hospital. It already has one house in Sheffield, Treetop House, and is building a second 11-bedroom home, due to be open by April 2013 so an extra 250 families a year can be supported.